Ringling School of Art and Design is a private college located in Sarasota, Florida. It is one of the premier institutes in animation programming. The college was founded in the year 1931, on March 31. The school was a joint venture of John Ringling, of the famous Ringling Brothers Circus and Dr. Budd Spivey, who was the contemporary President of Southern College which is now called the Florida Southern College of Lakeland. After much discussion the school was formed and named The School of Fine and Applied Art of the John and Mable Ringling Art Museum. The school was however later renamed as the Ringling School of Art and Design. The building which was chosen as the site for the new school was initially a 2-star hotel but then it was bought and made into a dormitory which is still there.
The Ringling School of Art and Design offers bachelor degree of fine arts in graphic and interactive communication, computer animation, fine art, illustration, interior design and photography and digital imaging. From the year 1970, the Ringling School of Art and Design started granting the Bachelorís degree. Other minor courses include game design, fine arts, visual development, photography and digital imaging and business of art and design. When the Ringling School of Art and Design started, there were only 75 students and 13 faculty members but now the School has grown rapidly. Many students from all over the world enroll themselves in various programs. The Ringling School of Art and Design also got the Best Computer Animation Program in North America title by the 3D World Magazine in the year 2007.
The main objective of the Ringling School of Art and Design is to constantly evolve with newer ideas but remain constant at the soul. The individual creative genius of all students and faculty members is duly recognized and the School aims to make responsible citizens for the constantly changing world.
The Ringling School of Art and Design has library, career counseling services, financial aid services and computer services for its students.